The world has entered into a global refugee crisis; one that is worse than anything we’ve experienced since World War II. Millions of refugees have been displaced from their home countries and are trying to survive in foreign lands, often without any assistance. Some have been fortunate enough to have been offered resettlement services, but it is a small percentage. The consequence is that the refugees are facing homelessness, unemployment, and a lack of basic needs, while the countries they’ve fled to are struggling to support the influx of people.
The worst of the crisis is in the Middle East, where over four million refugees from Syria have fled to surrounding countries. Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt have been inundated with displaced men, women, and children, and they do not have the resources to accommodate everyone. Sub-Saharan Africa is in crisis as well, with over three million people fleeing their countries of origin.
Humanitarian aid has been limited simply because so much has happened and so quickly. The world hasn’t quite had time to respond. Amnesty International is trying to draw attention to the issue so that people can contribute to the cause. They want to see a massive reform in international policy and encourage nations around the world to turn their focus outward instead of inward. They believe every nation has a responsibility to the globe as a whole, and they want to see policies created that will foster that.
If the crisis continues without some kind of major relief, people will continue to be placed in dangerous situations, and possibly refused entry into safe countries. Certain nations are turning people away at their borders and forcing people back into the conflicts they are trying to flee. This is no way to treat humans. Something needs to change, and it needs to be a worldwide effort.